Yesterday eventide, a thought afflated me that opened up vistas about the word “kindness”.
Kindness = the state or quality of being kind
Kind = a benevolent disposition
Kind = nature or disposition of a particular group
Etymologically, both derive from the Latin “gēns” which is equivalent to “kin”.
Kin = a relative, family relationship, a group of people descended from a common ancestor (consanguinity–[I love this word]).
Consequently, to be “kind” to another is….
*To inwardly relate to them
*To relate is to see ourselves in them; our nature
*And to see our nature/characteristics in another is to establish an inner connection with them.
*When we see ourselves in them and connect with them is when we identify a part of us that is “like them”.
In doing this, a part of us (the spirit) becomes magnetically “attuned” to a part of them. In this connection, the “natural disposition” (see above) of the spirit flows that manifests as the gentleness and consideration we term “kindness”.
Ergo, kindness is equivalent to “likeness”. It is when we cannot see ourselves in others, or distance ourselves inwardly from their inner nature (the spirit) that harshness and the host of other unsavory tendencies manifest.
But we should not be one-sided in this, for kindness–when necessary–could also mean discipline and severity! Why? When, in love, it is recognized that a quality of the spirit is being smothered and buried in another through a destructive and dark volition, then “kindness” or “likeness” in this sense intervenes. It becomes the corrective force that seeks to re-establish goodness and order, so that a benevolent tendency–being buried–is then reinforced, nourished, and “put in order” through severity. In this case, the benevolent quality of the spirit is now fed and strengthened.
Ergo, Jesus driving out the money-changers was such an act of kindness. For in that action —via a demolition and banishment of what was evil, Jesus provided the money-changers the possibility to inwardly connect with Him, through the corrective discipline expressed in His severity. From the rubble of selfish desires, the spirits within the money changers were mercifully permitted the opportunity of resurrection and renewal, which would automatically grant a connection with Jesus. Thus establish a “likeness”. I deliberately say this to avoid the one-sidedness of a mushy sentimentality so prevalent today. Consequently, discipline and severity can be part of kindness!
Personally, I find this helpful for practical application.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah